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... bar outside Kings Palace. I bought beer (Pabst and Millers) and we sat down in the patio to listen to them. Then we realized that you could buy food in Kings Palace and bring it out to the patio, so decided to do that.
Just then the band stopped playing for a break and the mozzies started to bite so we went inside King's palace. We ordered a "King's Feast" to share; BBQ ribs, Coleslaw (very small in a little plastic bowl), Crab ...
... to the Johnny Cash Museum, we stopped at a western boot shop just next door. It had MANY size 5s. I was a little reticent in getting a pair as the post office was not open. But N convinced me that there was enough room in our bags, at least till we get to New Orleans. I didn't need much convincing. I have another pair of boots!
The Johnny Cash Museum was good, but I'm not sure it was worth ...
... they sang into, then pump up the music and let you be your own rock star. Nice touch. With all the great fun music offerings here, we can't forget the serious side of Memphis history so next stop was the point where Martin Luther King was assassinated , the balcony of his hotel, April 4,1968, the day after he gave his immortal speech. We got there too late as the museum just closed but it didn't matter as its moving enough to stand outside and witness the scene just as it ...
... as well which was nice. WOW WOW WOW what an amazing place that is basically a step back in time to all things that were hip and cool and expensive in the late 60s and 70s. It is a perfectly preserved house from that era which for me was almost as cool as the fact that it was Elvis's house. The property was big even by today's standards and the land stored all his cars, a pool, a shed, a house for his favourite cousin, guest quarters for his entourage, a horse ...
... some spectacular mansions on the rise across from the foreshore over looking it. Apparently Cybil Sheppard used to live in one of them, but I'm not sure which one. From the river it was off to the Lorraine Motel where Dr Martin Luther King, leading Civil Rights activist, was assassinated during a visit to Memphis where he spoke in support if striking sanitation workers. There's plenty of conspiracy theories as to who was responsible, but it was James Earl Ray who ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Hotel Memphis
Decent Stay at Affordable Rate
We had a very pleasing stay at this hotel. Rate is very reasonable for the value that we received. The hotel has a heated indoor pool that was very nice. We are very satisfied with the cleanliness of the room. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed are stay even though we were just passing thru.
For a nice stay and a resonable price, I will definitely be back and stay here.
New owners and convenient to everything in Memphis
After reading these comments my wife and i were planning on canceling our reservation. I called and spoke to a reservationist and explained my concern. She made it clear that the hotel was purchased by new owners and there is constant improvements made since October . We decided to stay on her word, she said if we were not pleased we could cancel our reservation without penalty. We were checked it to room 311 we were very pleased with accommodations the hotel had a heated indoor pool that was just redone with a Jacuzzi, Free wireless in all pool and common areas business center in lobby.
Our room looked brand new the only problem was the tub was repainted and spots seemed to be peeling.
I spoke to a manager on duty and asked why the hotel had such bad comments, she explained the new owners are working hard at improving the hotel but could not close all old rooms due to very high reservation volume. But the renovation is now just about completed.
They are opening a new sports bar by mid November in the hotel. Cracker barrel was right next door so that was convenient for great food at a resonable price.
We were 20 minutes from Graceland, 15 minutes from Beahle street and about a hour from Tunica Casinos.
We had a great time and there was a lot of value for the money and I would highly recomend this hotel to fellow travelers.
I will be Back
The first room we were checked into was very moldy and mildewy, we were then moved to another room on the third floor. This room had exposed electrical outlets. When we came back from dinner the elevator was out of service, and half of the washers were out of service in the laundry area. I can't believe this hotel is rated as a three star hotel, I wouldn't even give it half a star.
Watch the hype!!
After two rooms was finally put into one of the "showrooms". Black mold on the shower ceiling, dresser was broken down (appeared someone had jumped on it), phone cables hanging out of wall, and air conditioner could only get cooling to 83 degrees. If they would had told me the place was the old Holiday Inn I would have never made reservations there. Too much price for poor quality rooms. Guest services was very competent, but had little to work with.
Plenty of hospitality and value for your money
We recently stayed at the memphis plaza hotel. Upon check-in we were warmly greeted by the front desk clerk and quickly checked in. We also appreciated the fact that there was a indoor heated pool and hot tub.
The rooms were standard but a great deal for your money and clean.
I would not ever hesistate to stay at this hotel again in the future.
THANKS MEMPHIS PLAZA!!!
The only thing good about this place was the staff.....they were VERY nice. Otherwise, the place was filthy, smelled bad, the beds were dirty and damp, stains everywhere, no sports bar as claimed, halls were dark, hoodlums loitering in the parking lot, telephones in the room were ripped apart and all the buttons were missing, bathroom was disgusting
Not all that bad, but not the Hilton
My husband and infant daughter stayed here over Memorial Day weekend. I had found this hotel on a combo flight and hotel thru Yahoo Travel. Upon arrival there was only one desk clerk working and about 10 of us ready to check in on a holiday weekend. I felt really bad for her (Lakisha was her name I think) She finally got us checked in and was super friendly. Our room was very average. Not the most sparkling clean, but it was OK. The nice thing there was the pool area. We swam both days. and found it to be very nice. Hot tub too. Also, the staff was friendly to us, just slow with regards to requests for extra towels. I finally had to go to the front desk and stand there along with another lady while they got us more towels. It seemed like they were very understaffed. We did not go in the lounge, so I can't report on that. We were on the 3rd floor and our pop machine did not work. Ice machine did. Maid that we saw every day was very very nice.
I did call the hotel prior to the trip and asked about baby cribs...whoever I got said no problem. When we arrived "Lakisha" said they did not have cribs and never did. She could not understand who told me that. So we got extra blankets and made a bed for our infant on the floor.
Apparently this was an old Holiday Inn, and for what reason it has not been updated much at all. The hallways were a little gloomy and could use a good vacuuming. Elevators too were old.
Some nice little restaurants nearby. We also drove downtown and to the zoo...made both in about 20 minutes each way. Not bad, all freeway driving. Graceland was about a 20-30 minute drive ...freeway too.
We would stay there again if we return to Memphis. If you do choose this hotel, just remember it's not the Hilton.
Very Unpleasant experience
Our party picked this place on our recent trip because of the advertisement they had running in a local Memphis coupon magazine.
Rooms were listed at 39.00 per night (1-5 persons)
11 minutes from downtown Memphis
free cocktail when booking
sportsbar & grill
They charge $2.50 per night amenity charges for a coffee maker, a phone that doesn't work and television with no premium channels.
The rooms were dirty, damp, and moldy. Furniture was scratched, dented and torn. I couldn't receive any calls into my room. Message on recorded said it was the Holiday Inn.
Was showed 4 rooms before I found one that I could even sleep in.
No free cocktail
No sportsbar & grill
Not 11 minutes from Downtown Memphis unless you drove with no traffic on the roads
Was put on 4rth floor and not one ice machine on any of the floors worked.
All & all this was the worst place I have stayed in for a long time. The only reason stayed was tired from traveling all day, low on cash, and their large advertisement. I should of gone up the road.
Don't even consider it!
This place is an absolute dump! Bad smells, broken down old furniture and fixtures, dim lighting, dirty, dirty dirty.........I would have rather slept in the car. If it is any indication, while we were checking in two separate guests appeared who had apparantly just checked in and viewed the facility and their rooms, turned in their keys and left saying that the place was awful!.....well we should have taken the hint.......I really can't say enough about how terrible this place is.......it was disgusting!
Holiday Inn should be ashamed!
We just got back from a business trip to Memphis and chose to spend the night in this hotel because of its convenient location. While we didn't expect to be in the lap of luxury we did expect to have a clean room. The place is all scruffy and dilapidated. Our sheets were old and stained, the upholstery on the chair was filthy, and the bathroom was nasty. My husband and I went to the "lounge" for a cocktail before leaving for dinner and it was a joke. Twenty or so bottles of liquor and a few beaten up tables- it looked like a bar in the basement of a house. I watched the person behind the bar make a marguerita for a guest- she poured out Popov vodka and commercial bottled mix (I thought this was a tequila drink??) into a glass and put the oldest, most discolored lime that I've ever seen on the rim. The drink fit right in with this hotel's condition. There's a Drury Inn within spitting distance of this Holiday Inn, and it looked clean, updated and welcoming. Spend the $30 extra dollars and stay there.